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SCOTUSBlog Losing Press Access To The Supreme Court

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If a decision by the Senate Press Gallery stands, SCOTUSBlog’s ability to cover the Supreme Court will be significantly restricted.

Absurd, Pointless Lawsuit Against Filibuster Dismissed By Federal Appeals Court

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An unsurprising result in a lawsuit that never should have been filed

Supreme Court To Decide If Politicians Can Be Sued For Lying During A Campaign

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The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments next week in an important First Amendment case.

Federal Judge Rules Ohio Must Recognize Out Of State Gay Marriages

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A partial victory, but a victory nonetheless.

No Justice Stevens, We Don’t Need To “Fix” The Second Amendment

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The Second Amendment isn’t broken, and you don’t fix things that aren’t broken.

Dutch Police Arrest 14 Year Old Girl For Twitter Threat Against American Airlines

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A Dutch teenager is apparently getting a lesson in the perils of not thinking before you communicate online: AMSTERDAM — Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 14-year-old girl on suspicion of threatening American Airlines in a tweet. Police spokesman Roland Ekkers said the girl, who has not been identified for privacy reasons, turned herself […]

House Committee Ignores Fifth Amendment, Holds Lois Lerner In Contempt

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Despite the fact that she asserted her right against self-incrimination, a House Committee has voted to hold Lois Lerner in contempt for refusing to testify.

Florida Supreme Court To Define Sex

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The Supreme Court Of Florida is set to issue a ruling to define something that you’d think most people know about already. You’d think that would be easy enough to figure out, but you know what happens when you get the lawyers involved.  

Supreme Court Declines Case Of Photographer Who Refused Service To Gay Couple

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An appeal declined, but an issue that remains outstanding.

Obama ‘Outpacing’ Bush on Judicial Confirmations

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President Obama has gotten more federal judges confirmed at every level than his predecessor had at this point.

Woman Dies Trying To Escape Morgue Freezer After Falsely Being Pronounced Dead

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Well, this will make one heck of a lawsuit: The family of a woman who may have frozen to death after being pronounced dead and placed in a morgue is moving forward with a lawsuit against a hospital that claims their family member “struggled unsuccessfully to escape her frozen tomb.” Maria de Jesus Arroyo — […]

Legal Headline Of The Day

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Kosher hot dog case presents a real constitutional pickle The case deals with the interesting question of whether or not a Federal Court should be able to rule on the question of whether or not a claim that food is “kosher” is correct, or whether this is an issue that only religious authorities can decide.

Pakistani Police Accuse Nine Month Old Of Plotting Murder

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A nine month old boy in Pakistan is facing charges that he assaulted and attempted to murder a police officer: A nine-month-old boy has appeared in court in Pakistan on charges of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs, it appears. Baby Muhammad Mosa Khan is one of more than 30 people […]

Drunk Court Reporter Types “I Hate My Job” During Trial

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A New York City court reporter decided to take his work frustrations out: An alcoholic Manhattan court stenographer went rogue, channeling his inner “Shining” during a high-profile criminal trial and repeatedly typing, “I hate my job, I hate my job” instead of the trial dialogue, sources told The Post. The bizarre antics by Daniel Kochanski, […]

What’s More Important To the House GOP, The Constitution Or A Partisan Political Scandal?

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Fifth Amendment? They don’t need no Fifth Amendment, apparently.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits On Campaign Contributions

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Once again, the Supreme Court reminds us that limiting political speech is unconstitutional.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Freed As Part Of Middle East Peace Deal?

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Middle East peace talks are apparently in such bad shape that the U.S. is thinking of releasing Jonathan Pollard as an incentive to Israel.

Ray Rice Celebrates Aggravated Assault Indictment by Marrying Victim

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Ray Rice celebrated his aggravated assault indictment by marrying his victim.

Anger Mismanagement

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A South Carolina man is under arrest after hitting his girlfriend with an anger management book: SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) – A Spartanburg County man is accused of hitting his girlfriend with his anger management book while she was accused of stabbing him with a boxcutter, landing both of them in jail. Deputies said they […]

NLRB Official Rules Football Players At Northwestern Can Unionize

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Are student athletes employees? According to an NLRB hearing officer they are, but that’s hardly the end of the story.

Hawaii Police No Longer Allowed To Have Sex With Prostitutes

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Hawaiian legislators have agreed to change a law that made it legal for police to have sex with prostitutes: HONOLULU (AP) — A key Hawaii lawmaker considering an anti-prostitution bill says he and Honolulu police have agreed to get rid of a longtime exemption that allowed officers to have sex with prostitutes. State Sen. Clayton […]

N.J. Man Released From Prison Robs Same Shoe Store He Robbed 15 Years Earlier

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Apparently, he really liked being in prison: TOMS RIVER — The day after Christopher M. Miller finished a 15-year prison sentence for robbing a Stride Rite store in Toms River, he committed an almost identical crime at the same store, said Ralph Stocco, police spokesman. Miller, 40, formerly of Tulsa, Okla., was released on Friday […]

Contraceptives And Hobby Lobby At The Supreme Court

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Hobby Lobby has a strong argument under RFRA but the precedent would be dangerous.

Amish Buggy Sought In Hit And Run

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Well, here’s a story you don’t read every day: NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — State police are searching for an unlikely suspect in a western Pennsylvania hit-and-run accident: the driver of an Amish buggy. Troopers from the Mercer barracks say the buggy twice hit a passenger vehicle at a crossroads on Route 158 in Wilmington Township, […]

Happy Birthday Justice Ginsburg, We Need To Put You Out To Pasture

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Another liberal legal scholar is calling on Justice Ginsburg to resign. She’s unlikely to listen to them.

Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Appeal Set On Fast Track

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It was just last month that a Federal District Court Judge struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, and today the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals set the case on a schedule that will likely mean a ruling coming down before the summer is over: WASHINGTON — The appeals court considering whether Virginia’s ban on […]

Supreme Court Declines To Hear About “I ♥ Boobies” Bracelets

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The Supreme Court turns down a case dealing with student’s First Amendment rights.

Army’s Top Sexual Assault Prosecutor Charged With Groping Colleague At Sexual Assault Seminar

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As if the military’s sexual assault problem weren’t already bad enough, the Army is dealing with new allegations regarding the person in charge of prosecuting sexual assault cases: The Army is investigating its top sex-crimes prosecutor on allegations that he groped a female lawyer at a sexual-assault conference in 2011, Army officials disclosed Thursday. Lt. […]

Appeals Court: Upskirt Photos Not Illegal Because Legislature Didn’t Make Them Illegal

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From Massachusetts, a ruling that might make little sense to the lay person but which seems to be right on the law.

Man Arrested For DUI After Parrot Rats Him Out

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A man in Mexico was arrested for DUI after his parrot ratted him out: A Mexican motorist was busted drunken driving after his pet parakeet ratted him out to police. Guillermo Reyes, 49, was pulled over by traffic officers at a routine alcohol checkpoint in Mexico City last week. As he got out of his […]

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down California Law On Carrying Guns In Public

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Another Circuit Court finds that the Second Amendment protects a right to carry a weapon in public.

Same-Sex Marriage Victories Spread South To Kentucky

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The string of victories for same-sex marriage continues as a Federal Judge rules that the Commonwealth of Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Virginia’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

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Another victory for marriage equality. This time from the state that gave us the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on interracial marriage.

Boston Bomber Trial Set For November 3rd

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The date for the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been set: BOSTON — A federal judge here on Wednesday set Nov. 3 as the start of the trial for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of the deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon last year. Prosecutors say Mr. Tsarnaev, 20, worked with […]

Nevada’s Attorney General And Governor Won’t Defend Law Against Same-Sex Marriage

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The fight for marriage equality takes another step forward.

Texas Police Arrest Man Dressed As Banana While Carrying An AK-47

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So, this happened: BEAUMONT, Texas (KBMT) - A Beaumont man was cited by police after riling up motorists by standing at an intersection carrying an AK-47 while dressed as a banana. Derek Poe, owner of Golden Triangle Tactical gun shop, said the stunt was part of the store’s grand opening after moving locations. Poe said the […]

McGruff The Crime Dog Gets 16 Years In Prison

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An actor who has portrayed McGruff the Crime Dog in public appearances has been sentenced to 16 years in prison in Texas: GALVESTON, Texas – John Morales, the actor who played the crime-fighting cartoon character McGruff the Crime Dog, was sentenced to 16 years in prison stemming from a 2011 arrest in which police seized […]

Sniper Attack On Power Station In California Raises Terrorism Threat

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Ten months ago, a group of people attacked a power substation in California. Who they were and why they did it remains a mystery.

Amanda Knox And Extradition: More Likely Than You Might Think

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Yes. Amanda Knox could be extradited.

Was Amanda Knox Subjected to “Double Jeopardy?” Don’t Be So Sure About It

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The idea that Amanda Knox was subjected to what we consider “double jeopardy” doesn’t seem to withstand scrutiny.

Amanda Knox and Double Jeopardy

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The American justice system is unique.

Congressman Arrested In Cocaine Bust To Resign

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Florida Republican Congressman Trey Radel, who was arrested several months ago in a buy-and-bust by the Washington, D.C. Police, is resigning from office: Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) will resign from Congress on Monday, according to multiple sources. Radel, 37, was caught buying cocaine in November from an undercover federal agent in Washington and spent nearly […]

Dinesh D’Souza Indicted for Campaign Finance Fraud

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Dinesh D’Souza has been indicted by a federal grand jury for being incredibly stupid.

Who Should Pay Child Porn Victims? And How Much?

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A man who viewed two photographs of a child abuse victim has been ordered to pay $3.4 million in damages.

Volokh Takes The Boeing

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On the day that news broke that Ezra Klein and Wonkblog are leaving the Washington Post, the Volokh Conspiracy made its debut there.

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Wife Charged in Federal Corruption Case

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Less than a month out of office, the Old Dominion’s former chief executive is facing 14 counts.

How the Drug War Disappeared the Jury Trial

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Only a tiny percentage of those in American prisons ever got a trial.

Ted Cruz: State’s Rights Hypocrite

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Like many of his fellow “Tea Party” conservatives, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has been a strong advocate of the idea of state’s rights and federalism, but apparently that doesn’t apply when it comes to marijuana: Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Friday criticized President Barack Obama for not arresting people in Colorado who violated […]

Utah Will Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed Before Stay Issued

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About 1,000 same-sex couples married in Utah before the Supreme Court stay find themselves in an odd legal limbo.

Alaska Next Up To Legalize Marijuana?

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Alaska looks to be taking the steps to become the third state to legalize marijuana: Voters in Alaska might get a chance to legalize marijuana in this summer’s election, after a pro-pot group says it gathered enough signatures to put a measure on the ballot. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana submitted more than 45,000 signatures […]

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